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Hardwick Hall Estate Trail

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Hardwick Hall Estate Trail
Author: mumnpets, Published: 27 Aug 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guidestar1 Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guidestar1 Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guidestar1 Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guidestar1 Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guide
Derbyshire, Doe Lea, Chesterfield
Walk Type: Garden or park
Hardwick Hall Estate Trail
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guide boot Hardwick Hall Estate Trail Walking Guide
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A walk around Hardwick Hall estate. Hardwick Hall was built between 1590 and 1597 and was the home of Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury and ancestress of the Dukes of Devonshire. The extensive grounds also contain Hardwick Old Hall, a slightly earlier house which was used as guest and service accommodation after the new hall was built. The Old Hall is now a ruin. Hardwick estate, which surrounds the magnificent hall, covers around 2,500 acres of parkland, woodland, wetland and farmland. You will see several sculptures in the lower park. The National Trust became the owner in 1959,and a charge applies if you wish to visit the house and gardens.

On this walk you will encounter several gates, a fairly steep up hill section and a steep down hill section. The made paths are of good quality (but could have puddles after wet weather) whilst the grass paths are well defined and easy to follow. The woodland paths can get fairly muddy after rain and in winter. Public toilets are available in the car park which also has a coffee/tea machine, further toilets are available in the visitor centre which also has a café and gift shop. The walk takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

The address for Hardwick Hall is Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ. Parking is in the lower park which is approximately 8 miles south-east of Chesterfield; via A6175. Leave M1 exit 29, follow brown signs for Hardwick Hall to start with but then as the road splits follow the sign for Hardwick Inn and the car park is on the left just under the motorway bridge. Parking is £3 per vehicle (correct August 2014).

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Walk Sections

Start to Road
Start to Road

Start point: 53.1716 lat, -1.3238 long
End point: 53.1756 lat, -1.3152 long

Standing in the lower park car park, with the toilet facilities behind you, walk along the path that follows the edge of Millers Pond crossing a footbridge and continuing until you reach a gate. Pass through the gate and follow the path to the left which gently winds uphill through the woods to a gate. Pass through the gate to reach the road, please be careful of traffic at this point.

Road to Right Turn
Road to Right Turn

Start point: 53.1756 lat, -1.3152 long
End point: 53.1783 lat, -1.3088 long

Cross the road and follow the grass path up a fairly steep slope, passing a small copse of trees. At the top, turn left and go through a gate (which has a handle shaped like a snake). Follow the track for a short while until you reach a waymarker post. Turn right at this point and you will have a view of Ault Hucknall church to your left.

Right Turn to Gate into field
Right Turn to Gate into field

Start point: 53.1783 lat, -1.3088 long
End point: 53.1782 lat, -1.3007 long

Follow the path through the wood until you reach a split of paths and a waymarker post. Turn right here and after a short distance pass through the gate into the field.

Gate into field to Gate out of wood
Gate into field to Gate out of wood

Start point: 53.1782 lat, -1.3007 long
End point: 53.1723 lat, -1.2957 long

Cross the field by the well-defined grass path continuing until you reach a quiet road. Cross this and go through the gate following the path until you reach Park Piece woods. If needed take a rest on the seat provided. Follow the path through the woods until you reach a gate out of the woods and into a field. Note: The path through the woods can be very muddy in wet weather.

Gate out of wood to View of Hardwick Hall
Gate out of wood to View of Hardwick Hall

Start point: 53.1723 lat, -1.2957 long
End point: 53.1679 lat, -1.2969 long

Pass through the gate and turn right following the edge of the woods on your right to reach another gate. Go through this, over the bridge and up a shallow flight of steps to reach another gate. Go through the gate and follow the path until you reach a gate onto a track, cross this veering slightly left to pass across an avenue of trees. Here you get a good view of Hardwick Hall.

View of Hardwick Hall to Flight of Steps
View of Hardwick Hall to Flight of Steps

Start point: 53.1679 lat, -1.2969 long
End point: 53.1647 lat, -1.2974 long

Follow the path for a short distance until you reach a gate which leads you into Lady Spencer Woods. Here you will find an information plaque explaining who Lady Spencer was. During spring to early summer the woods here are a carpet of bluebells and wild garlic which attract many butterflies and bees. Follow the path through the woods until you meet a junction. Turn right here climbing up a fairly steep flight of steps.

Flight of Steps to Stable Yard
Flight of Steps to Stable Yard

Start point: 53.1647 lat, -1.2974 long
End point: 53.1665 lat, -1.3084 long

On reaching the top of the steps continue on the path through the trees, passing a car park on your right and an adventure play area on your left, until you reach the visitor centre. Walk into the stable yard, where you will find toilets, a café and gift shop.

Stable Yard to Gap in Wall
Stable Yard to Gap in Wall

Start point: 53.1665 lat, -1.3084 long
End point: 53.1688 lat, -1.3101 long

Cross the yard heading to the furthest right-hand corner to pass under a stone arch. Turn right and follow the cobbled path passing the old hall on your left to reach the main entrance to the front of Hardwick Hall on your right. Turn left and, with the hall behind, cross the road (taking care of the busy traffic) heading for the gap in the wall which is signed to lower park.

Gap in Wall to Gate in Wooden Fence
Gap in Wall to Gate in Wooden Fence

Start point: 53.1688 lat, -1.3101 long
End point: 53.1701 lat, -1.3164 long

Go through the gap in the wall turning left to walk beside a tall stone wall to a gate. Pass through the gate, here you will have good views of the lower park. Follow the grass path steeply downhill heading for a gate in a wooden fence. You will see various sculptures in this section.

Gate in Wooden Fence to End
Gate in Wooden Fence to End

Start point: 53.1701 lat, -1.3164 long
End point: 53.1711 lat, -1.3237 long

Pass through the gate and walk between two small ponds. Follow the path to the left with the ponds to your left to reach a gate. Go through the gate and turn left to walk around the end of the Great Pond via a bridge, taking time here to look back at the view of the halls high on the hill.

Continue forward and on reaching the car park head back to your parking place and the end of the walk.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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small pond
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View of Ault Hucknall church

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